Faculty Profile: Katherine Sharkey, M.D., Ph.D.

Katherine Sharkey
Katherine Sharkey, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Medicine
Work: 401-421-9440
Katie Sharkey's research focuses on sleep and circadian rhythms, particularly in relation to mood regulation, psychiatry, and women's health. Her current projects include a study of sleep apnea in pregnant women in collaboration with Dr. Ghada Bourjeily, a study of phase-delayed circadian rhythms in college students with Dr. Mary Carskadon, a study of sleep in patients in methadone maintenance treatment with Dr. Michael Stein, and a pilot study of sleep and mood regulation in postpartum women.

Biography

Dr. Sharkey is an assistant professor with appointments in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry & Human Behavior. She completed her M.D.-Ph.D. at Rush University in 2002 and stayed on at Rush for her residency in Internal Medicine-Psychiatry. Dr. Sharkey practices sleep medicine. Her research focuses on sleep and circadian rhythms, particularly as they relate to mood regulation and performance. Dr. Sharkey joined the faculty in 2007.

Grants and Awards

1995 National Research Service Award, M.D.-Ph.D. Fellowship
Phase-Shifting & Sedative Effects of Melatonin (F30, MH11239-05)

2000 Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms Young
Investigator Award

2001 Alpha Omega Alpha

2001 Rush University Graduate College Research Excellence Award

2005 Chief Resident, Internal Medicine & Psychiatry

Affiliations

Sleep Research Society
- Executive Committee Trainee Representative, 1999 - 2000
- Trainee Program Organizing Committee Member, 1997 – 2000

Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms

Society for Research on Biological Rhythms

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

American College of Physicians

American Medical Association

American Psychiatric Association

Sigma Xi

Funded Research

NIH K23 MH086689
Postpartum Depression: Role of Sleep & Genetic Risk in Postpartum Mood Disorders
Role: principal investigator
12/12/10-11/30/15

Brown University/Women & Infants Hospital National Center of Excellence in Women's Health Innovations in Women's Health Research Seed Grant
Role of Sleep and Circadian Rhythm Disruption in Postpartum Depression
Role: principal investigator
01/01/10 – 12/31/10

Sleep Research Society Foundation J. Christian Gillin, MD Research Grant
Role of Sleep and Circadian Phase Disruption in Postpartum Depression
Role: principal investigator
8/1/2010 – 7/31/2011

Teaching Experience

2003-2006 "Sleep and Sleep Disorders"
Chicago Psychiatry Board Review Course

2005-2006 "Substance Abuse"
Psychiatry Core Clerkship
Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois

11/2007 "Sleep and Sleep Disorders"
Brown University Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellows

1/2008 "Anatomy and Physiology of Normal Sleep"
Lifespan Sleep Technologist Training Program

3/2008 "Insomnia, Parasomnias, & Movement Disorders During Sleep"
Lifespan Sleep Technologist Training Program

3/2008 "Women and Sleep"
Biomed 3670: Human Reproduction, Growth and Development
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University